NetEnt’s interview met Narcos™ actor Luis Guzman now available
After a long wait, here’s NetEnt;s exclusive full interview with Luis Guzman, star of the Narcos™ slot that was launched at the NetEnt Casinos on the 23rd of May. Find out what it felt like to portray the infamous José Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha, and hear his thoughts on the real times and events that the show depicts as well as his response to becoming one of the featured Narcos characters in the video slot.
About Luis Guzman
Luis Guzman is known as the Puerto Rican actor who made many memorable films in the 1980s due to his villainous persona. Guzmán starred in Steven Soderbergh’s films Out of Sight, The Limey and Traffic. He also starred in Paul Thomas Anderson’s films, Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love. He starred in the HBO original series How to Make It in America and played the role of José Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha in the Netflix series Narcos.
Guzmán was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico, but was raised in New York City’s Greenwich Village and the surrounding Lower East Side neighbourhood. His mother was a hospital worker while his stepfather was a TV repairman.
Guzman began his career as a social worker and moonlighted as an actor, eventually becoming heavily involved in street theatre and independent films. Involved in the independent film industry since the 80s, Luis Guzmán’s experience and trajectory in the film world is both familiar and unique: facing the same issues of typecasting and rejection as many other actresses and actors of colour. However, he did found his niche in villainous characters and managed to become one of the most successful Latino actors in Hollywood.
About José Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha
José Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha, also known by the nickname El Mexicano due to his love for the Mexican culture, was one of the leaders of the notorious Medellín Cartel along with the Ochoa Brothers and Pablo Escobar. Although Pablo Escobar is more famous, Luis Guzman claims that Gacha was the most ruthless leader of the notorious Medellín Cartel. At the height of his criminal career, Rodríguez was acknowledged as one of the world’s most successful drug dealers.
Gacha came from a poor family of modest pig farmers in Veraguas, Colombia, where he left grade school to start his “career” in the emerald industry in Colombia. During his job, Gacha became acquainted with drug traffickers and one day realized the drugs industry was offering better opportunities. A “career switch”was the result and Gacha moved to Bogotá where he associated up with Verónica Rivera de Vargas, a pioneering drug trafficker, who later introduced him to Pablo Escobar and to Mexican drug lord, Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo.
In 1976 Gacha moved to Medellín where he started to build the narcotics empire together with Pablo Escobar and the Ochoba Brothers. The Medellín Cartel covered all the stages the cocaine business and becoming better at their trade, the drug lords ventured into creating new trafficking routes into the US and Mexico.
Gacha was also the person that set up Tranquilandia, one of the most notorious and large jungle laboratories which provided jobs to 2.000 people that were hired to produce, package and prepare cocaine for distribution and the success of the operations made the authorities increasingly anxious and determined to disrupt the illegal activities of the Medellín Cartel.
A war between the justice system and the Medellín Cartel eventually led to the dead of Gacha when in December 1989, his son unsuspectingly led the police to his father’s hiding place. The drug lord then committed suicide by detonating a grenade.
A true adrenaline rush will become reality when the Drive-by feature is randomly activated during the Main game in the Narcos™ slot. This is the moment, the drugs war shows its true colours, creating holes in some symbols, transforming them into Wilds.
The Narcos™ slot comes with Free Spins as well and during each free spin, there is a chance that one or more high value symbols turn into Wilds. When Wilds are part of a win, they become Walking Wilds, moving one step to the left with every spin which gives this game potential high-stakes pay-outs. This same Walking Wild will be responsible for some good action during the main game as well.
The infamous Locked Up feature locks up random coin win symbols as well as the golden briefcase which delivers either Multipliers, upgrades or big coin wins.